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Austin area businesses required to reduce capacity as COVID-19 hospitalizations increase
(Austonia)

Austin businesses are required to reduce capacity to 50% after Sunday marked the seventh consecutive day that COVID-19 patients exceeded 15% of hospital capacity.


Establishments required to roll back their capacities include retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exercise facilities and classes, museums and libraries—all of which have been allowed to operate at 75% since Governor Greg Abbott introduced Executive order GA-32 in October.

The order lays out that establishments that had been operating at 75% capacity must limit their capacity to 50% in areas where the number of COVID-19 patients exceeds 15% of the total hospital capacity for seven consecutive days.


On Jan. 3, Trauma Service Area O's hospitalization rate surpassed 15% and has been increasing since. Travis County is one of the regions included in this TSA, which is designated for the purpose of developing a trauma system that is consistent with patient care of the region.


According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, 18.8% of its total hospitalizations are COVID-19 patients in TSA O, as of Sunday.

The executive order also states that establishments, such as bars, that are not restaurants cannot offer services indoors. They can, however, continue to offer drive-thru, pickup or delivery options. Outdoor services are allowed provided businesses comply with COVID-19 safety precautions.

Establishments that are not included in the order include religious services, local government operations, child care services, youth camps, recreation sports programs for both youth and adults, public or private schools, or drive-in events.

Establishments, where licensed cosmetologists or barbers practice their trade with six feet of social distancing between workstations, are also able to forgo the occupancy limit.

The order also states that elective surgeries must cease to allow for more room in hospitals.

Despite two counties in TSA O, Lee and San Saba, submitting and qualifying for attestation to stay open ay 75%, Travis County has seen significantly more than the maximum of 30 COVID-19 cases required to qualify for an attestation. As such, Austin businesses can expect to remain at 50% capacity until hospitals can reduce the number of COVID cases.

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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway